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Reminder: CFP deadline (11 May 2018) for WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference

There’s just a week left to get your abstracts in for the WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference. Don’t miss it! CALL FOR PAPERS        WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference Saturday 10 November 2018 Aston University The annual Women in German Studies members’ conference will be held at Aston University this November. Abstracts (c.150 words) are invited for … Continue reading

Featured research: diabetes care and research in the GDR

When introducing my thesis topic – diabetes care and research in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) – I am often met with some initially bemused-looking faces. Why diabetes? And why in the GDR? Having been interested from the beginning in the GDR, my primary objective was to use an unusual case study as a way … Continue reading

CFP: WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference, Aston, 10 November 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS        WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference Saturday 10 November 2018 Aston University The annual Women in German Studies members’ conference will be held at Aston University this November. Abstracts (c.150 words) are invited for papers of about 20 minutes duration, on any topic within German Studies. There will be a workshop for postgraduates … Continue reading

Featured research: pupils’ motivation for learning German

Heike Krüsemann recently submitted her thesis, in which she investigated whether the image of Germans in the UK press affects whether pupils want to study the language. Here she discusses the highlights of her work. As a German teacher in English secondary schools for many years, I became more and more aware of how difficult … Continue reading

WIGS Book Prize and WIGS Postgraduate Essay Prize competitions 2018

In WIGS’ 30th anniversary year, the WIGS committee are delighted to announce the calls for our 2018 WIGS Book Prize (for ECRs) and 2018 WIGS Postgraduate Essay Prize competitions. Please see below for further details. Please also note our earlier deadline for the WIGS Book Prize this year – 15 July 2018.   Women in German Studies Book Prize … Continue reading

Wikimedia Guide: How to curate content on Wikipedia!

Earlier this year at the ‘Reform and Revolt’ Open WiGS Conference in Oxford, postgraduate delegates focused on making women visible on the digital map during the PG workshop. In a session convened by Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Oxford, Dr Martin Poulter, Wiggies learned how to upload content to Wikipedia and how to contribute … Continue reading

Calling all postgrads: tell everybody about your research!

Hi! I’m Mary Frank, the new postgrad rep at WIGS. My specialism is translation, and I’m working on a PhD at Bristol University that investigates the interplay between translation theory and translation practice. It’s a practice-led project that asks whether and how translation theory can help the practising translator and vice versa. The text I’m … Continue reading

Extended deadline: WIGS Committee Vacancies (18 June)

The deadline for expressions of interest in WIGS committee vacancies has been extended to this Sunday 18 June. Please see below for details. A number of committee terms of office are ending at the same time, as a result of which we are advertising the following WIGS committee vacancies: Irish Representative, PG Representative, and IT … Continue reading

Extended deadline: WIGS Open Conference, 22-24 June 2017, St Edmund Hall, Oxford

*Extended deadline for WIGS Open Conference registration* via the Online Booking Form. If you would like to take part in the conference dinner, please register by 23:59 GMT on Sunday 11 June, as Henrike Lähnemann needs to give the conference manager at St Edmund Hall final numbers for the dinner on Monday. If you only … Continue reading

Registration open: Reform & Revolt, WIGS Open Conference, 22-24 June 2017, St Edmund Hall, Oxford

*UPDATE 10/06/17: EXTENDED CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE* Registration for this year’s Open Conference on the theme of Reform & Revolt at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford (22-24 June 2017) is now open! Please register by completing the ONLINE BOOKING FORM. The booking form will be open until 9 June. To help with planning, the organisers would be most … Continue reading

WIGS Committee Vacancies

*UPDATE 13/06/17: EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST* A number of committee terms of office are ending at the same time, as a result of which we are advertising the following WIGS committee vacancies: Irish Representative, PG Representative, and IT officer (please see below for details). This is an excellent opportunity to hold a position of responsibility … Continue reading

Draft Programme: WIGS Open Conference, Oxford, 22-24 June 2017

Registration information for the WIGS Open Conference at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, 22-24 June, will be published on the WIGS blog later this month (watch this space!), but we wanted to give you a sneak peak at the DRAFT PROGRAMME already (click on the link to view). We look forward to seeing many of you (members … Continue reading

Work-Life Balance

In the first of a new series of blog entries on aspects of members’ career trajectories, Rose Simpson offers her thoughts on work-life balance: It took me a while to become a Woman in German Studies. I was temperamentally unsuited to life as a bank-manager’s wife and the Girls’ Grammar had failed to offer any other … Continue reading

Reminder: Committee vacancy, WIGS Treasurer

A reminder about this Sunday’s deadline (30 April) for expressions of interest in the committee vacancy of WIGS Treasurer. Women in German Studies (WIGS) is looking for a new Treasurer. This is an excellent opportunity to hold a position of responsibility in a national professional organisation of nearly thirty years’ standing. You will be supported … Continue reading

Committee Vacancy: WIGS Treasurer

Women in German Studies (WIGS) is looking for a new Treasurer. This is an excellent opportunity to hold a position of responsibility in a national professional organisation of nearly thirty years’ standing. You will be supported by a dedicated and cooperative team of colleagues on the WIGS Committee and the outgoing Treasurer will ease you … Continue reading

WIGS Committee Meeting in Oxford

The WIGS committee met in Oxford on Saturday to prepare for this year’s special WIGS Open Conference on ‘Reform & Revolt’, which will take place at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, on 22-24 June 2017. Watch this space for details about the programme, registration information, and for information about the postgraduate workshop, a crowdsourcing translation workshop, and … Continue reading

CfP: Reform & Revolt, Women in German Studies Open Conference, 22-24 June 2017, St Edmund Hall, Oxford

The 2017 Women in German Studies open conference explores the topics ‘reform’ and ‘revolt’ across German history, literature and culture. We would like to invite members and non-members (women and men) to propose papers of c. 20 minutes duration on the conference theme. Papers may be given in either English or German. Please send abstracts … Continue reading

First Book Award

In anticipation of the announcement of the second WiGS Book Award tomorrow evening, we would like to remind you of our wonderful entries from last year! First Runner-Up, Melissa Munderloh   In this short video, Melissa Munderloh explains her book proposal The Emergence of Post-Hybrid Identities: A  Comparative  Analysis of National Identity Formations in Germany’ … Continue reading

Aberystwyth Travel Information, WIGS 28th Annual Members’ Conference

With thanks to Rose Simpson for kindly providing this information. We are looking forward to seeing delegates in Aberystwyth next week for the WIGS 28th Annual Conference. Please see the latest conference programme (which includes room details). A map of the Aberystwyth University Penglais Campus is available on https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/maps-travel/maps/#buildings. Town and travel maps are also available from … Continue reading

Einstein-Projekt: ‘Patho/Graphics’

WiGS member Nina Schmidt (Freie Universität Berlin) has recently taken up a postdoctoral position as researcher for Patho/Graphics, a Schlegel Graduate School project headed by Prof. Dr. Irmela Krüger-Fürhoff and funded by the Einstein Foundation. The three-year project examines the aesthetics and politics of illness narratives in English and German-language contemporary comics and literature. You … Continue reading